28 August 2012

Harbor Lights

"Harbor Lights" is a popular song by Hugh Williams (pseudonym for Will Grosz, 1894-1939) with lyrics by Henryk Szpilman and translated by Jimmy Kennedy (1902-1984). This song was originally sung in Polish by Irena Santor as "Portowe Swiatla", and then by Frances Langford in 1937, and was published again in 1950.
The song has been recorded by many artists; charting versions were recorded by Sammy Kaye, Guy Lombardo, Bing Crosby, Ray Anthony, Ralph Flanagan, Elvis Presley, The Platters (peaking at #8 on the Billboard charts in 1960), and Ken Griffin. Other versions were recorded by The Ink Spots, Lawrence Welk, Willie Nelson, Vera Lynn and Jon Rauhouse.
The Bing Crosby recording was released by Decca Records. The record first reached the Billboard charts on November 3, 1950 and lasted 11 weeks, peaking at #10.

Jimmy Kennedy is also the co-writer of:

Did Your Mother Come from Ireland

April in Portugal

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